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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

BWW Review: Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams Share Passions For Dance and For Each Other in FOSSE/VERDON by Michael Dale

White letters on a black screen introduce the place and time of an early scene in FX's limited series 'FosseVerdon' as 'Hollywood, 19 years left.'

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

BWW Review: John Larroquette Takes The Mad Excursion of John Guare's NANTUCKET SLEIGH RIDE by Michael Dale

Sturdy, richly-voiced and subtly droll, John Larroquette is one of those actors with a wonderful talent for creating enormously funny moments by taking in the madness surrounding him and cut…

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

BWW Review: Duncan Sheik, Steven Sater and Jessie Nelson's ALICE BY HEART Turns Blitz-Ravaged London into Wonderland by Michael Dale

According to this reviewer's admittedly casual bit of Googling, the first Broadway production based on Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' was playwright Alice Gerstenberg's v…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

BWW Review: Kelli O'Hara, Will Chase Star in a KISS ME, KATE That Offers Another Rewrite, Another Show by Michael Dale

Buried amongst the over twenty names receiving the smallest-sized billing for their contributions to Roundabout Theatre Company's hot new revival of Cole Porter and Sam amp Bella Spewack's m…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

BWW Review: Isabelle Huppert Extraordinary as Depression-Stricken Woman in Florian Zeller's THE MOTHER by Michael Dale

It was three seasons ago that French playwright Florian Zeller's Moliere Award winning THE FATHER came to Broadway from London in an English translation by Christopher Hampton. Frank Langell…

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

BWW Review: Super-Charged Musical Comedy BE MORE CHILL Hits Broadway On A Frenzied Wave of Social Media Fandom by Michael Dale

When composerlyricist Joe Iconis and bookwriter Joe Tracz's hard-rocking, super-charged and very well written science fiction musical comedy Be More Chill ended its month-long premiere engag…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

BWW Review: Suzy Conn's CHICK FLICK, THE MUSICAL Celebrates Friendships and Film Fantasies by Michael Dale

While this reviewer is always up for a tub of popcorn and a screening of 'Crossing Delancey' or 'Muriel's Wedding,' Suzy Conn's spirited CHICK FLICK, THE MUSICAL is more accurately aimed at …

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

BWW Review: Bekah Brunstetter's Sweet, Provocative and Multi-Layered THE CAKE by Michael Dale

The conflict between seeing multiple sides of an issue and the insistence that there is only one correct side is the power that fuels Bekah Brunstetter sweet and provocative multi-layered co…

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

BWW Review: Irish Rep's Richly-Flavored Mounting of Sean O'Casey's THE SHADOW OF A GUNMAN by Michael Dale

If a contemporary Hollywood screenwriter pitched the plot of Sean O'Casey's classic 1923 drama, The Shadow of a Gunman to a movie producer 'A struggling poet gets in over his head when he al…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

BWW Review: Jackie Sibblies Drury's MARYS SEACOLE Honors a Pioneering Nurse and Those Who Carry On Her Legacy by Michael Dale

Over 160 years after she first gained fame tending to wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War, the name Florence Nightingale is still recognized as a symbol of selfless caregiving an…

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

BWW Review: Athol Fugard's BOESMAN AND LENA and The Need To Be Seen Through Another's Eyes by Michael Dale

The soft clanging of pots and pans gently hitting each other is the first indication that the title characters of South African playwright Athol Fugard's 1969 indictment of Apartheid segrega…

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

BWW Review: The York Reconstructs and Revives Lerner and Loewe Obscurity THE DAY BEFORE SPRING by Michael Dale

Opening in November of 1945 and closing up shop less than four months later, the sophomore Broadway effort of the team of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, THE DAY BEFORE SPRING, would be…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

BWW Review: Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal Beautifully Tell of Personal Tragedies in SEA WALL/A LIFE by Michael Dale

'As terrifying as anything I've seen,' is how a young fellow describes the natural phenomenon that gives playwright Simon Stephens' solo piece Sea Wall its title.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

BWW Review: Hip-Hop Improv FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME Dazzles With Verbal Dexterity by Michael Dale

The only part of FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME that doesn't bounce off an audience response comes at the very beginning when four voices announce a mic check and standard phrases like mic one check…

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BWW Review: Yael Farber Sets A Strindberg Classic in Post-Apartheid South Africa in MIES JULIE by Michael Dale

You can pass laws, spread the wealth and educate the masses all you want, but perhaps the quickest way to dissolve the barriers between established classes is simply through giving in to raw…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

BWW Review: Victoria Clark Directs Conor McPherson's Adaptation of August Strindberg's THE DANCE OF DEATH by Michael Dale

'You take a mackerel, grill it, drizzle a little lemon on it, serve it up with a huge glass of white zinfandel, and one doesn't feel quite like blowing one's brains out anymore, does one' ob…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

BWW Review: Carmen Cusack's a Charmer in Encores! Mounting of Irving Berlin's Political Spoof CALL ME MADAM by Michael Dale

The brevity of political satire's shelf life tends to rival that of a tray of supermarket eggs, but it seems one of the quips penned by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse for the book of thei…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

BWW Review: Andréa Burns Says Buona Sera To The York's CARMELINA by Michael Dale

With a proliferation of pimps, drug dealers and muggers saturating Times Square, business on Broadway was struggling during much of the 1970s, with theatres frequently left empty for long st…

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

BWW Review: Amy Staats' Fun and Frisky Look at Van Halen, EDDIE AND DAVE by Michael Dale

'We can't talk about him, there's not enough time.' That's the quick explanation given to the audience as to why there's nobody portraying Michael Anthony, described 'as a bassist with a gol…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

BWW Review: Laura Benanti Brings Fresh Maturity to Eliza in Bartlett Sher's Glorious MY FAIR LADY Revival by Michael Dale

Flying in the face of the dreadful 21st Century practice of making extreme cuts and revisions to classic musicals by deceased authors in the belief that they would offend contemporary sensib…

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

BWW Review: Calvin Trillin's ABOUT ALICE Is A Warm, Witty and Wondrous Valentine by Michael Dale

To those who knew her, Alice Trillin was highly regarded as an educator, author and film producer. But to millions more who never met her, she was the women that her husband, humorist Calvin…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

BWW Review: Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano Get Rowdy in Sam Shepard's Dark Comedy of Brotherly Dysfunction, TRUE WEST by Michael Dale

In this business we make movies. American movies. Leave the films to the French.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

BWW Review: Colin Quinn's RED STATE BLUE STATE Riffs On America's Political Divide by Michael Dale

'Free speech is an acoustic art. It wasn't meant to go electric,' Colin Quinn explains in his very funny riff on contemporary American discourse, RED STATE BLUE STATE.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

BWW Review: Diplomacy Demands Charisma in Helen Banner's INTELLEGENCE by Michael Dale

'Before I walk in the room, I remember who I am,' explains rising hotshot negotiator Sarah in Helen Banner's new drama. 'I'm American. And I'm a woman, an attractive woman, divorced, success…

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

BWW Review: Truth Is A Point of View in Three One-Acts at LABUTE NEW THEATER FESTIVAL by Michael Dale

During the first year of his presidency, after violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia during a protest involving white supremacists, many of whom were displaying Nazi symbols and sl…

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

BWW Review: HEAR WORD! NAIJA WOMAN TALK TRUE at The Public's Under The Radar Festival by Michael Dale

One of the great opportunities afforded to playgoers at The Public Theater's annual Under The Radar Festival is the chance to see how theatre companies from other countries address the same …

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BWW Review: Marin Ireland Rages Against Patriarchy in Abby Rosebrock's BLUE RIDGE by Michael Dale

If the majority of Broadway ticket-buyers valued great acting as much as they valued celebrity, Marin Ireland would have been an above-the-title, name-in-lights star a long time ago. Certain…

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

BWW Review: Tarell Alvin McCraney's Coming-Of-Age Drama CHOIR BOY Sings Out Spiritual Nourishment by Michael Dale

When I was little, my grandmother would sing songs to me that she told me freed slaves, says Pharus Jonathan Young, the central character of Tarell Alvin McCraney's emotionally thick coming-…

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

BWW Review: At The Public's Under The Radar Festival, New Saloon's MINOR CHARACTER Riffs on a Chekhov Classic by Michael Dale

At the commencement of MINOR CHARACTER, New Saloon's offering at the Public Theater's 2019 Under The Radar Festival, actor Madeline Wise stands downstage center, faces the audience and, with…

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Monday, December 31, 2018

Ten Times New York Theatre Tackled Political and Social Issues in 2018 by Michael Dale

Sure, Broadway is traditionally known for its glitz and glamour, but New York audiences have never shied away from socially relevant theatre, either. And while controversial issues are more …

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

BWW Review: New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players' Rollickingly Fun THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE by Michael Dale

Though there's nary a mention of snowfall or jingle bells in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, the abundance of joy and good clean humor, not to mention some terrific voices, in the New York Gilbert …

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